Capital plan! Kettering teacher joins London walk to raise MS funds
A TEACHER from Kettering who has multiple sclerosis (MS) is planning to walk 10k across London to raise money for MS research funds.
Melanie Jolliffe is taking on the ChallengeMS Walk on Sunday September 27 and, along with hundreds of others, will be walking along the capital’s Thames pathway.
Now 30 years old, Melanie was just 18 and living in Canada when she was diagnosed with MS. She said: “I was an ice hockey player and essentially I went from being a good player to looking like I’d never put skates on before. I had major fatigue and would sleep for 17 hours a day. It was those two things that led to me getting a diagnosis.”
She added: “I’m more stubborn than anything else, so I just keep going!”
ChallengeMS will raise vital cash for research this month and supporters are being asked do anything they can to help – from giving something up to wearing an orange wig to doing the MS Walk, like Melanie.
More than 100,000 people are living with MS in the UK. Most people are diagnosed with MS in their 20s and 30s and it’s unpredictable – those living with the condition might be fine one day and the next day they might lose their sight or be unable to move. There’s no cure for MS yet, but research is progressing faster than ever before.
Melanie – a science teacher – is doing the MS Walk with some of her colleagues and close friends. She said: “I wanted to set a goal after losing almost all of my mobility last year. I needed that goal. I was using a crutch every day. The MS Society helped me when I came over from Canada – I had no idea where to get treatment. The local branch led me to my neurologist and MS nurse.”
She adds that her training is going well and she’s aiming to raise a worthy amount: “I’ve told everyone if I raise £500 I’ll do the walk in my superman outfit!”
Pictured above – SETTING A GOAL: Science teacher Melanie Jolliffe has MS and is walking 10k to help fund research into the neurological condition that affects around 100,000 people in the UK.